William J. “Bill” Bergkamp, age 74, died late Wednesday evening, March 26, 2014, at the Fowler Residential Care Center, Fowler, Kansas.
He was born November 20, 1939, at Dodge City, Kansas, the son of Henry Gerhard and Blanche (Steffan) Bergkamp. As a young boy he attended grade school at St. Anthony’s Catholic School until 8th grade before attending Fowler High School. After his education, he began his farming career and remained a lifetime resident of the Fowler Community.
He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed shooting sports, firearms, electronics, aviation, and visiting with his family and friends.
On September 6, 1958, he married Rita J. Hayden at Dodge City, Kansas. She survives.
Other survivors include:
Three sons, Donald Bergkamp of Fowler, Kansas
Edward Bergkamp of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Joseph Bergkamp of Fowler, Kansas
Three daughters, Sharon Glenn and husband Randy of Garden City, Kansas
Loretta Robbins and husband Wylie of Eustis, Nebraska
Barbara Turley and husband Bill of Mora, Minnesota
A sister, Aldine Maier of Duncan, Oklahoma
Six grandchildren, Bart Robbins, Shane Robbins, Drew Glenn, Cassandra Glenn Gonzales
and husband Jacob, Christopher Bergkamp, and Kimberly Bergkamp
Vigil services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Fowler. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at the church. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade, Kansas. Interment will follow in the Fowler Cemetery, Fowler.
The family would welcome memorials to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Building Fund in care of the funeral home.